It seems like the line of Daymond Langkow with Shane Doan and Ray Whitney will stick together for the forseeable future.
The Rangers are being extra-cautious with defenceman Marc Staal, which will be a situation worth watching for fans of the team since he’ll be so key to their success on D.
Minnesota reporters were tweeting good things about the line of Guillaume Latendresse and Pierre-Marc Bouchard flanking Matt Cullen this afternoon. With both wingers healthy, they could have the makings of an effective second line for the Wild. Most of the checking pressure will be facing what should be the top line of Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley alongside Mikko Koivu, which means all three members of L2 could be worthwhile free agent additions in most formats. Unless you’re in a fairly deep league, they’ll probably most go undrafted or be taken in the really late rounds.
Some really helpful notes on the Avs today, including: Matt Duchene had Peter Mueller and Milan Hejduk on his wings and the trio looked really strong. Gabriel Landeskog reminds Adrian Dater of a “younger, faster, perhaps more versatile Ryan Smyth.” Also, Paul Stastny looks “a little quicker, a little tougher, a little hungrier.” All of the above bode well for an Avs team that should provide poolies with more bang for their buck this season than last.
Jeff Carter’s foot is swollen after blocking a shot today, which shut him down for the rest of the day. It’s apparently not a big deal and he’ll be evaluted tomorrow. Meanwhile, Columbus represents a fresh start for him – as does L.A. for Mike Richards – and Carter really seems to want to put Philly in the past.
His agent, Rick Curran, offered this on his time with the Flyers: "Frankly, it's over. As disappointing as it was, we're at a point now where we're moving on. There's nothing I can say that will change what happened there.
"It's just so disappointing. There are too many guys who think they know what happened, or they heard from somebody that 'this' happened. I live in Philadelphia. I know Jeff. I think I know what happened and what didn't."
I’d like to say thanks for the warm welcome from Darryl and everybody here at the site. I’m looking forward to chipping in a Daily Ramblings piece each Sunday (which I’ll try to update a time or two throughout the day) and then a Q&A every few Sundays, beginning later on today. You can reach me for that at [email protected].
I’ll still be doing all of the same work at Sportsnet.ca.
How great was it to hear Sidney Crosby went through the first day of camp Saturday at full speed? No contact yet, obviously, with no timetable on when he might get that ok. If we get to mid-week and there are still no returning symptoms, it's going to make for some extremely tough decisions for poolies waiting to draft. My rankings come out this week and forwards are Thursday, so I still have some time to wrestle with that decision. Today's news has bumped him further ahead of where I had him though.
Also… Evgeni Malkin says his surgically repaired right knee is at "90%" and hearing that, Dan Bylsma laughed. “He didn’t tell me ’90 percent,’ ” Bylsma said. “He said, ‘I’m good, Coach.’ “